MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Several cities and towns took time Monday to honor those who have served our country. While some events could be attended in person, others were held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens hosted the only physical Memorial Day service in the area.
The gardens, located on Highway 90 in Little River, held a 30-minute service to honor the fallen. Organizers made sure to follow social distancing guidelines for those who attended.
David Straka, the Chairman of the Veterans Committee for the Little River Elks Lodge, said ceremonies like these are important to remind people Memorial Day means much more than just a three-day weekend.
“Memorial Day is just not the beginning of summer, where you have picnics and go to the swimming pool. You should honor the veterans who have served our country, and afforded us the freedoms that we have here in this country," Straka said. "We’re very fortunate here in this country to have the freedom that we have.”
In Myrtle Beach, the city shared a special pre-recorded video on its Facebook page. Officials canceled plans for Military Appreciation Days, which includes its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, due to the pandemic.
Additionally, the Cresswind community in Myrtle Beach hosted an event at the community clubhouse at The Market Common. The Myrtle Beach Fire Department parked a truck and hoisted a flag on the ladder. Cresswind residents stayed parked in their driveways.
The town of Surfside Beach was also hosting its Memorial Day service at 2 p.m. at Memorial Park on Surfside Drive. Officials said the public is invited to attend.
In Darlington, the American Legion Post 13 hosted a service Monday morning at the town square. Attendees were asked to bring their own chairs since bleachers were not being used.